Shadow Loverby Audrey Godwin
Chyna Marsh surrounds herself with men. Perfect men. Dark, blond, tall, muscled or dimpled, she loves them all. Being a romance writer, she creates perfect men for a living. But when her dashing paper hero steps from between the scorching pages of her latest novel, she thinks the rush of the big city is getting to her and relocates to a slow-moving coastal town. It
Chyna Marsh surrounds herself with men. Perfect men. Dark, blond, tall, muscled or dimpled, she loves them all. Being a romance writer, she creates perfect men for a living. But when her dashing paper hero steps from between the scorching pages of her latest novel, she thinks the rush of the big city is getting to her and relocates to a slow-moving coastal town. It's here that she meets two men. Quinn Grayson is dark and devilishly handsome, but his brother Kirk has a severely scarred face and hides deep in the mansion's cellar. Even though his hideous appearance provokes names such as Beast! Monster! Freak!, Chyna is helplessly drawn into the midnight shadows where he lurks. What is there about this elusive phantom that fascinates her . . . this sinister silhouette whose glowing eyes burn with hunger when they look at her . . . this hulking creature she has come to know as . . . Frankenstein!
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The story starts off interesting enough, but once the character Chyna goes to the castle, the story and plot go from bad to worse. Would not recommend.
Twenty-six-year-old Chyna Marsh is a well known author of dark romances. Feeling the need to escape the big city, Chyna moves to Mystic Islands, New Jersey. The local residents quickly begin filling her head with tales of Old Rocky Road which is said to be haunted, a witch that lives in the lighthouse, and of the graveyard covered in the bones of the witch's victims. Chyna decides to go exploring and meets Elaine Grayson. Elaine's last name startles Chyna, because Chyna's dreams have been filled lately with the dark image of a handsome man named Quinn Grayson. Finding out that Quinn is real and Elaine's brother is shocking, but Chyna finds her herself attracted to his brother, Kirk. ............................................. Quinn Grayson is obsessed with Chyna. He pays the old witch well for potions and spells to destroy her home and lure her into his. He never imagines that she would look beyond his handsome face and spy the evil beast within. Nor does it cross his mind that she may see beyond his brother's grotesque face to the kind man beneath. ............................................. Kirk Grayson's face is twisted with deep scars due to a car wreck ten years before. The wreck killed his parents. Kirk's guilt refuses to let him seek help with cosmetic surgery. He prefers to dwell in the shadows and live in the basement of the family's mansion, where he thinks a monster, such as himself, should reside. When beautiful Chyna makes advances toward him, Kirk believes her to be toying with him. For how could such a lovely lady stand to look upon the face of a monster? .................................................................... ...................... *** This dark romance came across to me as the fond, old gothics used to. Within these pages I found magic, witches with spells, obsession, betrayal, and love ever-lasting. However, be warned that there is one violent and graphic scene where the heroine is taken against her will. Some readers avoid books with any scenes such as this one. There are also times that I found myself wanting to kick Kirk in the shin for his gullible tendencies. He came across as immature a few times. If you love the tale of 'Beauty and the Beast', then you will enjoy this dark dream come true. Well done. ***
SHADOW LOVER is lengthy at 265 pages, but you need all those pages to really get this substantial story. I adore the line in SHADOW LOVER, 'I only wish more men would read romance novels. Maybe there wouldn't be so many disappointed women in the world.' It goes a long way in showing why men like Cyrano were so popular. SHADOW LOVER shows that a scarred man is beautiful and another man without physical scars is ugly inside. A warning... you can't help but fall in love with Kirk!